A Sand Springs tattoo studio took steps to combat hate by offering free cover ups for racist and gang tattoos for free.
Symbols of racism and violence were erased at The Parlour Tuesday, September 12. Tattoo artists helped people cover up gang or racist tattoos in an effort to help Stop Hate in the 918.
The art of body art can depict many things: a passion, a memory, an expression of emotion. But sometimes that creative pen inks an image of hatred.
"It's going away quickly, and that's the whole idea," said Jamy Magee, tattoo artist.
"There was a big swastika here. I don't know if you can tell at this point in time," Magee said.
Magee has been a tattoo artist for three years. After seeing so much violence and racism on social media, he decided to lend a hand in erasing the hate.
"Instead of trying to point the finger and basically place blame elsewhere, we decided to do something about it," he said. "If I can help somebody out and make a positive impact on their life - then why not.
"I don't care what you do, I don't care where you've been, I don't care what color your skin is- we're not going to ask any questions; we're just going to try to help," he said.
So Magee and artists in his shop are offering free cover ups for symbols of racism and violence. Something Adam Sorden says he is now taking a stand against.
"It's kind of my step against racism, against hate, against what's been going on in social media," said customer Adam Sorden.
It's the hope for a transformation from the inside out. It won't change the past, but it can make a new mark on the future.
"I'm putting my best foot forward. Maybe it will encourage other people in the community to do the same thing," said Jamy Magee, tattoo artist and owner of The Parlour in Sand Springs.
Anyone who wants to get a hate tattoo covered up can still do it. The Parlour tells me they'll give customers a $60 credit to get it done another day.